Designing Personalized Online Teaching Professional Development Through Self-Assessment – POD 2016 Poster

2016 POD Innovation Award Poster

My colleagues and I were honored to have been selected as finalists for the 2016 POD Innovation Award in recognition for implementing creative ideas for educational development and shared this poster at the 2016 POD Network Conference.

Faculty Volunteers Wanted for a Research Study on Online Course Design

volunteers wanted for a research study

Are you a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has designed online courses? Boise State University is conducting a research study about online course design and looking for your input! The study aims to understand how faculty design online courses. The researchers’ hope is to provide information that helps instructors in designing online courses. To participate in the study you will be asked to describe your experience with creating online courses in a thirty minute interview. Tenured or tenure-track faculty members at four-year colleges or universities who have designed online courses may participate.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Sally Baldwin at sallybaldwin@u.boisestate.edu. Sally is a doctoral candidate who is conducting this research under the direction of Dr. Yu-Hui Ching, Educational Technology Department.

Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers of 2016

Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers of 2016

I was honored to learn that I have been named one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers of 2016 by the Center for Digital Education (CDE). Each year, CDE recognizes K-20 education leaders who have transformed learning through the innovative use of technology in its annual Top 30 awards program and publication. Recognizing the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America, CDE aims to honor pioneers in education technology and showcase the accomplishments and best practices of award winners. Nominations are judged on:

  • Efforts to improve education with digital tools
  • Impact of those efforts on student achievement; the institution; and the local, state and national scene
  • Creativity and initiative to make change
  • Display of leadership qualities

More details and a the complete listing of award winners are available at www.centerdigitaled.com/top30.

#BbWorld16 The Blackboard Portfolio tool: Features, uses, and campus-wide implementation process

Bb Portfolio Tool

Thu, 7/14/16, 9:35AM-10:25AM
Titian 2205
Presenters: Jason Rhode (@jasonrhode) & Stephanie Richter (@slrichter)

The new Blackboard Portfolio tool released with Blackboard learn in April 2014 is much-improved and provides an easy-to-use platform for students to demonstrate and reflect upon what they have learned throughout their university career. Northern Illinois University (NIU) implemented the portfolios campus-wide during 2015, and it was used by thousands of students in a relatively short time. This presentation at BbWorld16 will provide an overview of the portfolio tool, strategies for developing portfolios that serve different purposes, and best practices for institutional adoption. Sample portfolios and exemplars from faculty who are using Blackboard portfolios in their classes will be shared, along with NIU’s campus-wide implementation process. Opportunities and challenges will be discussed to provide insights for others planning to roll-out portfolios at their institutions. Accompanying slides are available here and links included in slides shared below.

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#BbWorld16 Blackboard Collaborate: Strategies and Considerations for Institutional Adoption

BbWorld16 Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Tue, 7/12/16, 1:00PM-1:50PM,
Titian 2205
Presenters: Jason Rhode (@jasonrhode), Stephanie Richter (@slrichter), Jeff Geronimo (@jeffminor)

In this session at BbWorld16, we share NIU’s recent Blackboard Collaborate roll-out strategy, practices, and lessons learned. Learn how NIU’s carefully planned adoption approach has been helping to make anytime synchronous collaboration simpler, more reliable, and more enjoyable. Bring your own questions and experiences and join in the discussion! Accompanying slides are available here.